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Israel Provoked This War

• http://www.politico.com, HENRY SIEGMAN

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama's observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel's bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel's civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza's civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

Israel's assault on Gaza, as pointed out by analyst Nathan Thrall in the New York Times, was not triggered by Hamas' rockets directed at Israel but by Israel's determination to bring down the Palestinian unity government that was formed in early June, even though that government was committed to honoring all of the conditions imposed by the international community for recognition of its legitimacy.

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Sure, Israel started it. They must have launched all them rockets via remote control from the basements of Gaza schoola and hospitals :) How much sick inverted agitprop does Arab oil money get for its bucks in the West? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tD7A4_tehQ


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